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Richard Himelfarb - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Richard Himelfarb

Professor of Political Science | Hofstra University


Professor Himelfarb's scholarly interests and expertise include health care policy (Affordable Care Act), Congress and the presidency.



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HOFTAKES with Richard Himelfarb: Super Tuesday HU Office Hours with Richard Himelfarb Student Involvement in Debate 2016: HU Office Hours with Meena Bose + Richard Himelfarb Remembering George H.W. Bush – Fox 5 News




Richard Himelfarb, professor, received his B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1985 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester Rochester in 1993. He teaches courses in American politics, contemporary issues inAmerican politics, and the US Congress and the presidency. His scholarly interests include matters relating to the elderly, health care, and poverty policy. Dr. Himelfarb is the author of Catastrophic Politics: The Rise and Fall of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (7)

Political Science

American Politics

Affordable Care Act

Health Care Policy



Presidential and Congressional Elections

Education (3)

University of Rochester: Ph. D., Political Science 1993

University of Rochester: M.A., Political Science 1988

University of Maryland: B.A., Political Science 1985

Media Appearances (9)

Joe Biden faces stiff GOP opposition to more Ukraine funding

Newsday  print


Following President Joe Biden’s speeches to the United Nations and at the White House to galvanize support for Ukraine, Newsday spoke to Dr. Himelfarb. He said the funding fight highlights the battle between the wing of the Republican Party that supports former President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach to foreign policy and Republicans more aligned with the traditional GOP positions of former Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

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Hofstra University professor gives his thoughts on Trump’s prime-time address

Fios 1 News  tv


The rhetoric was “a lot more of the same,” said Richard Himelfarb, professor of political science, in an interview with FIOS1 News about President Donald Trump’s televised address and the Democratic rebuttal about border security on Jan. 8, 2019.

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Remembering George H.W. Bush

Fox 5 NY  tv


Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Himelfarb was featured in a Fox 5 News report that looked back at highlights of Hofstra’s 1997 conference on the George H.W. Bush presidency.

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Recalling Bush conference at Hofstra University in 1997

Newsday  online


“I’ve never met anybody who was more graceful and dignified than George H.W. Bush,” said Hofstra political science Prof. Richard Himmelfarb, who helped run the conference and had a chance to talk to Bush. “The word I would use: He had class.”

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Ivanka Trump's Role in the White House

CBS2-NY  tv


“I think what’s really interesting about Ivanka is that she’s being called her father’s most important adviser in the White House, and that she’s going to be giving him substantive political and perhaps policy advice while he’s president,” said Dr. Richard Himelfarb, of Hofstra University.

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Trump is nearly finished filling his biggest jobs

Newsday  online


Richard Himelfarb, a Hofstra University associate professor of political science, said the final openings give Trump a chance to diversify his team and name a “few more women, a few more minority appointments so he can stave off these charges that the Cabinet doesn’t look like America.”

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Millennial voters could play key role in presidential race

Newsday  online


Political experts and pollsters say Clinton, 68, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and Trump, 70, the presumptive Republican nominee, must ramp up their efforts to woo millennials — voters ages 18 to 35 — if they want to win in November. “It’s one of the voting blocs they have to win,” said Richard Himelfarb, an associate professor of political science at Hofstra University.

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Washington Journal: The First Presidential Debate at Hofstra University



Richard Himelfarb talks about the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump being held at Hofstra University, where he is a political science professor, describes some of the university’s offerings on the 2016 presidential election, and student interest in the election.

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Love him or hate him, Donald Trump could 'create chaos' for GOP in 2016, experts predict

New York Daily News  online


Richard Himelfarb, a political science professor at Hofstra University and host of presidential debates, says Trump's refusal to tone it down could be his undoing. "Donald Trump is going to keep doubling down on this and will ultimately say something so absurd that even Republicans who agree with him and his stance will have to abandon him," said Himelfarb.

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